Monday, November 15, 2010

Last Vestige

Winter is in the air!
Sweater: c/o Modcloth
Dress: Thrifted ($3)
Shoes: Vintage Thrifted ($3)
Belt: American Apparel
Spy Glass Necklace: From local museum ($8)
Braided chain necklace c/o Noble Town Vintage
A rather solitary and quiet weekend. Chris has been working crazy hours in Boston at the Snow Expo since Wednesday, and staying at a friends house there. I think this has been the longest we've spent apart since my crazy travel-season times at The College last fall. It's weird, I've missed him a lot, but I've also just enjoyed having some time alone and to think. Sometimes thats what I need, I'm not naturally a very social person. Don't get me wrong, I love being around people, but sometimes I think if left to my own devices I could very easily become a shut in. I'm perfectly happy puttering around my apartment and talking to my cats all day. Which probably means I'm somewhat crazy, which is a fact that I'm fine with. Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with art lately, I'm going to be writing a longer post on it later in the week, but what my thoughts come down to- essentially- is this: I miss the passion that I once felt for art-making. I know all artists experience these feelings, but rather than waxing and waning, my desire to create has been more on the waning side for a very long time. Anyways, these aren't thoughts that I'm going to allow to be pushed aside in my brain, I'll be posting a little more on the topic and a new project dealing with the subject on Thursday.

I feel as though these photos are the perfect accompaniment to my thoughts and feelings for today, when I went to the park today to take photos, it was completely deserted. I hate it when I make the effort to get to a photo location and it's just filled with people, so i really enjoyed being able to explore this little area. lots of people get married in this section of the park, it's a nice little garden in the spring and summer, but I prefer it in the fall when it's desolate. it feels like the secret garden! My dress is actually a product of frustration, on Saturday I was feeling uninspired and remembered that I bought this dress months ago with the intention of hemming it and making the bodice tighter. Well, I'm so glad I let the project sit! Instead of hemming it i just cut off the bottom and cinched the waist with a belt, I love the slouchy silhouette, frayed hem, and pretty floral print. Also, I'm completely obsessed with loafers lately. I had been looking for the perfectly distressed, used pair and I finally found them at that Savers sale on Thursday. I haven't taken them off since. Also, I meant to take a better photo of my spy-glass necklace, but my camera was acting crazy, I found this in the children's shop at a local ship-building museum where a friend works. It's still up for debate as to whether or not it actually magnifies things or just makes them appear closer because you're looking through a tiny lens. Who knows.

Did everyone have a nice weekend? What did you do?
(Besides all that thinking, I also baked brownies and a quiche, and watched Gone With the Wind for the first time)

67 comments:

Joey said...

I totally understand what you are saying, about not feeling artistically inspired, and I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts on the topic. these photos are lovely (and rather artsy feeling), I love all of the color!

Charlie, Feminine Bravery said...

beautiful outfit! I always miss my honey when he's abroad, too, but at the same time it feels like a good way to spend more time with me and relax. And missing him actually makes me love him even more when he gets back home!

xxx Charlie
Feminine Bravery

sallie forrer said...

I also understand that waning passion for art making. After finishing my MFA I've found it almost impossible to make art. Its been a year and a half now and my efforts have been minimal. Part of me understands that my needs and relationship with my practice might just be changing - and that I don't have to make art (or I might not be an "artist". eek.) But that knowledge makes me very sad.
Times of change are extremely unsettling - but I'm trying to learn to not be too hard on myself either.
Best of luck, I've loved your blog for sometime, and find it quite the inspiration. I can't wait to see what you're working on.
best,
sallie

Chaucee said...

You look beautiful! That sweater, I'm becoming convinced, is the most beautiful thing ever. It looks so cosy!

amanda said...

love that you left the dress unfinished. i think it's a great contrast to the delicate floral pattern. and the location is perfect! seriously, you have been such an inspiration to me lately. i just love all your looks!

CHRISTINA said...

Beautiful!!

archives said...

gosh....that first picture is fantastic! i love the stone lions. these pics def have a secret garden feel!

ive been stalking those same tights @ AA! they sadly only have had that color in xs/s and i need a large! :s

April, Everyday Forgotten said...

I am in love with this dress! It's amazing and the colours are so lovely! Can't believe you got this for only $3!

The Rudstroms said...

A very productive weekend, I'd say if you watched Gone With the Wind. The first time we watched it, we were amazed at the special effects during the fiery escape.

Love the secret garden reference. I should read that, haven't read it since I was a kid.

I'm digging the spy glass necklace. Very fun.

~AnnMarie

Bea Modisett said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with Julie! I feel the "waning" too and I usually just try and work through it. You're not alone.

Desiree said...

This sweater and dress go perfectly together. This is the PEFECT autumn sweater!

Future Lint said...

I love how the dress billows on top! I've never seen Gone With the Wind, either! I keep meaning to sit down and watch it but never do!

grace said...

i love the color palate of the floral dress... and also enjoy finding a project that was forgotten!
the contrast of the un-hemmed dress and with the delicate floral print is great!

vogueish said...

i love your dress....and its good that you cinched it with a belt rather than hemming it....
the burnt orange tights is a great touch...!!!!

I Don't Wear Jeans said...

Very ladylike. Very demure. http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

Lexie, Little Boat said...

Gone With the Wind! A Southern classic! What did you think of it?

Also, i love the print of this dress and the way you styled it! you look so warm and cozy!

Mici Milovaného said...

I totally adore that color of your tights and silhouette of that dress and the location is also very lovely!

cb said...

great outfit! love the colors, perfect for fall :)

xo,
cb

poet said...

I agree about parks being best in the fall/winter, when hardly anyone else goes there... and I'm also with you on needing/being okay with lots of alone time. I have yet to watch Gone With The Wind, though... Beautiful outfit - fall colors, right?

Cheers,
poet

Ginger said...

Would you mind telling me which museum shop you bought your necklace from? I've been eyeing very similar necklaces on Etsy, but they're much pricier. I'm having a vintage-nautical wedding in the summer and I'd love to give these as gifts to my bridesmaids!

If you don't feel like posting it, please email me - ginbelle_at_gmail.com

Thanks!

Santina said...

That dress is adorable! I love the slouchy silhouette and deconstructed hem!

I also love how you tied the belt without using any of the actual holes. I've often struggled with belts that were too big to wear higher on my waist - thanks for solving that problem for me!

Santina
http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

Michal said...

This outfit is AWESOME. I'm just in love with the colors- that dress is gorgeous.

I had a nice weekend- watched Titanic for the first time. I guess it was the weekend to watch movies that are way too long. ;)

Erin Cathleen said...

Winter is in the air around here, and your floral dress makes me shiver! You must have been freezing out there! I really like that print and how you customized the dress. And yay for the perfect thrifted loafers!

Natasha said...

I love your style so much! The colours, and silhouettes of your outfits are always amazing...I love how you wore this dress...unfinished perfection! And those tights?! The colour is amazing for fall...I need some like that...I also need alot more clothes in fall colours...everytime I see your outfits I am sooo jealous of how perfectly Fall they are (my favorite season for fashion...)

Dress Me Dearly said...

Such a pretty dress! Great photos.

Virginie's Cinema said...

Was a dreamy location, somehow makes sense with viewing Gone With The Wind (there is something very Twelve Oakes about your beautiful first picture)

mitukatie said...

what a perfect outfit--again! i love the floral print and the tights and the colors!! did you like gone with the wind? it is one of my favorites!

ClosetConfections said...

I love this whole outfit, but especially the tights and shoes. Great fall color combo! Sounds like you had a lovely relaxing weekend. Sometimes a girl just needs a little time to herself.

Kendra
http://closetconfections.com

mvelis said...

beautiful outfit. I really love your style.

I was at the ski & snowboard expo this weekend, well Thursday. Great Deals!!!

I know what you mean about being alone. I love it. I cherish my alone time. I like being with friends but I love being alone. I guess I am weird that way.

Anonymous said...

i love your style!
can you do a post on good places to thrift in boston? i haven't found many places and it looks like you've got it down!
thanks!

Rachel said...

LOVE this outfit! the colors are so perfectly fall!

xoxo Rach
lonerandrebel.wordpress.com

Kimberellie said...

LOVE the dress! Three dollars? AWESOME. The floral pattern is just to die for. And the tights, GREAT colour. I've been looking for that colour, surprisingly hard to find! And the location is excellent. And the spy glass necklace is enviable. And the way you styled everything perfection. And a weekend alone? Oh, how nice!

as for Gone with the Wind: I couldn't finish it. I just got so mad at Scarlett I had to turn it off. But that was ten years ago. So maybe I will try again!

heart: Kimberellie

Diana, Songs and Fairy Tales said...

Totally agree with you on this one - good that you didn't make the upper part smaller. I looove this bigger look so much, def something that's growing on me at the moment!
Not to mention the colours of the dress - sooo beautiful. To keep it short: I really really loved this look! It seems to me that you have found "your" style and I love it :)

Kisses, Diana

A Little Brighter said...

OH wow!!! These are the prettiest photos and this outfit is beautiful! I adore the colours and you look amazing :D
I love the tights and shoes combo, especially with that dress. Coloured tights is something I have never really tried, but you make it look like it could work on me!

I know what you mean about turning into a cat lady ha! I'm sure I could easily do it, I don't hate people either I just love being at home and being able to do what I please :D

Ayesha x

eleanor said...

These photos are incredible!! I love the outfit and the background works perfectly with it (what a beautiful park).

I know exactly what you mean. I'm a serious homebody quite content with my own company!!

X

Fia said...

The colors in this outfit are so perfect for the season and the scenery, especially the tights. I can understand why you love those loafers! I've been itching to get a pair lately. Hopefully I have as much luck as you did.

HannaElise said...

that dress is so amazing and it fits you so incredibly well!

Terri said...

I want a spy-glass necklace!

Raji said...

This outfit is so gorgeous
I think I get what you mean, I've kind of a need to be inspired right now too, to re-spark that passion again
Sometimes it's nice to get some space to breathe and think for a while, and it makes you appreciate company even more!

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

beautiful - i love the rust colored tights.

Kellie W. said...

I love everything about this outfit! I love how you paired burnt orange tights with red shoes. They look great together!

Swalvs said...

I really enjoyed reading this post beside seeing the lovely photos... I'm very glad that you had time to think about art and decided to act about it, I can't wait to see your new project! And I also love the colors of this outfit, it's so wonderfully fall combination.

elanor, said...

i love the colors you've got here...and that dress is darling.

xx elanor

BlueVanilla said...

Love these photos...the dress and tights are perfect for each other!
xx
http://www.hotpinkday.blogspot.com/

s bite said...

lovely outfit! great colours, especially those stockings!

Becca [Free Honey] said...

Oh goodness Julie, I saw some of these photos pop up on my tumblr dashboard earlier today. I'm swooning over these photos. I think they're my favorite photos from your blog (or at least in recent memory). Your outfit is wonderful, as is the scenery. You just knocked it out of the park. I hate to get too gushy (uh, too late), but I just can't help it. I know you may not be feeling passionate about your art, but there's no denying that you're still creating something beautiful with your blog!

Alex said...

Love the outfit, especially the dress and sweater! It looks very cozy! Thick colored tights are definitely on my wishlist!
xox,
Alex

Tiffany said...

Don't worry, whether you're an artist or not, I think everyone feels like this every once in awhile. You'll get your spark again. Oh, and love the brown tights! Gives us pale girls a little color, eh?

Heather Lynn said...

I love this outfit. I especially love the dress. I love the slouchy look.

Eli said...

isnt Gone with the wind fabulous! I liked the book as well.

I feel similarly lonesome when the bf is away...its so weird. I think I would stay inside all day if it was up to me. I work at a public library and see hundreds of people every day that I feel like giving up and being alone when I get off of work, it's hard to be around people some times!

On the Border said...

Great outfit! I love the tights. And don't worry, inspiration comes in waves. You'll have it back soon

Ally,The Vintage Valley said...

you look positively adorable,i cant believe you thrifted that dress, gorgeous!!

Fatiha Faulzi said...

Can't believe that dress is thrifted. It's such a lovely find!

xoxo, http://heelsandwedges.blogspot.com

Eunice said...

amazing dress! i love your use of warm fall colours here..very beautiful!


heyfancypants.blogspot.com

Half Dressed said...

Love this outfit, you have all the autumn colours rolled into one outfit.

L x
Half Dressed

Angie D said...

Your dress is lovely! It looks so great with those tights!!

Did you like Gone with the Wind? It is such a fantabulous book...so worth the time, I swear!

Enchanted Gardens said...

Very pretty, the dress is lovely dear! And that park looks great:)

pearli said...

loving the lovely and just slightly *different* colors in your outfit.
o and the perfectly mussed hair of course.
you inspire me to strap my monster babe to my back and dive into thrift stores again (not to mention hosting my first clothing swap at my house in a few weeks!)
also, last vestige is one of our local stillhanginginthere record shops.
fond regards...

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

$3 for that dress??? Grrrr, why are there never bargains like that in my neck of the woods? The outfit is lovely, and I really like the photos in that park!

Maria Confer said...

This is such a gorgeous dress, so amazing that it's thrifted!!!

I knew exactly where these photos were taken the minute I saw your first shot. Cole and I used to always go to that park in Beverly with our coffee on Sunday mornings in the fall. Such a pretty garden to take photos in.

Again, I wish I still lived in MHD so we could meet up and do shoots together.

xx
Maria
Lulu Letty

militantcupcake said...

That dress! Those tights! What a marvelous outfit!

Fancy Pants said...

The retro/60's vibe the color of your tights give this outfit. I love how one little element can give an outfit personality.
CREATE!!!
Katie

hannah, heart city said...

impeccabke! i love the rust tights- i would have such a hard time trying to style them but now i want a pair!

kelsey said...

your hair is such a great accessory!

Celine said...

Just discovered you... great blog!
www.thewardrobediaries.com

Blue Iris Rivera said...

that's such a nice dress. i feel the impulse to go thrifting after seeing this post and i don't know why


http://www.thelittlequirks.blogspot.com

Clemson Girl said...

burnt orange is one of my absolute favorite colors for fall. loving those tights on you!

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